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Established by the Shaunessy and Oldfield families on the South Okanagan’s legendary Golden Mile Bench in 1993, Tinhorn Creek is a very special winegrowing project, comprising 150 acres of spectacular vineyards in two distinct areas, one on either side of the valley. The two vineyards have significantly different soils, exposures, and microclimates. This is a big advantage, providing the opportunity to cultivate a wide range of grape varieties in optimum conditions. From the beginning, the...
Golden straw colour with hints of emerald. Intense nose of lime, toast, and mushrooms with some reductive aromas of new tennis balls and flint. Big opulent palate, with lots of citrusy acidity, grilled pineapple and pear tart. Long rich finish with a subtle warmth that carries the flavours forever. Although delicious at release, this wine will reward those with patience.
It was another hot vintage in 2015 with a record early harvest at Tinhorn Creek. The vines enjoyed the heat as Tinhorn cycled through flowering, berry formation and veraison at record pace. Picking times are critical in hot years like 2015 as leaving the fruit out for one or two days too long can lead to excessive alcohol and imbalanced wines. As in 2014, the flavours and the technical numbers for this block were perfect. There was no sorting required and the grapes were hand harvested in the cool early hours of the day.
The grapes were whole cluster pressed to ensure clear juice and then sent straight to barrel without racking or separation of solids. Fermented naturally in 50% new and 50% second ll French Oak barrels, only a small amount of Sulphur was added to mitigate bacteria interference with the yeast. Once alcoholic fermentation was complete, the wine was topped and then moved to the barrel cellar to complete malolactic fermentation. In the spring Tinhorn blended the wine and returned half back to oak and the other half to stainless steel barrels to continue the aging process. After 16 months of aging the wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling.
- 93 Points -
Gutsy, rich, creamy.What used to be known as Oldfield Series, is now Oldfield Reserve. This Chardy was fermented in French oak using natural yeasts then matured in oak barrels for an additional 18 months. Off the charts; a patisserie of liquid crème brulee drizzled in hazelnuts, golden apple turnovers, honeysuckle and matchstick aromas. It is creamy and packs a wallop of flavour in rich vanilla liqueur, melty caramels, sweet grilled pineapple and spiced vanilla lingering on the finish. A gutsy and unapologetic wine.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Beppi Crosariol, May 2017
Fermented with natural yeast. Full, ripe, luscious style exhibiting the generous heat of the vintage. Buttery, toasty pineapple, mango and peach, as well as vanilla and caramel. And should you need more words of enticement, here’s an imaginative description from the winery’s technical sheet: “… some reductive aromas of new tennis balls and flint.” A grand slam of a chardonnay.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
The wine presents in the glass with a golden hue. The aromas begin with toasty oak, vanilla and orange marmalade. (For athletes, the winery’s tasting notes reach a new high for descriptors by suggesting the aromas even include “new tennis balls.”) Those notes, minus the tennis balls, are echoed on the rich palate. Love is not a great score in tennis but it certainly applies with this Chardonnay.See detailed press review